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School Resource Officer

The School Resource Officer is a police officer with the Rotterdam Police Department, and is assigned to work with the school district to promote student safety.

WHY DO SCHOOLS HAVE A RESOURCE OFFICER?

The concept of having a School Resource Officer (SRO) has been around since the 1950s. The idea is to place a law enforcement officer in a school for three reasons.

  • First, the officer is there to provide a law enforcement presence. By being visible to prevent problems and to be available to handle police related functions, such as crime investigation, the officer provides a safe learning environment.
  • The second part of the SRO's job is to be a teacher. By working with classroom teachers and other faculty members, the SRO can present information and answer questions on a variety of topics, including the law, drugs, safety, crime prevention, violence prevention, and community awareness of these issues.
  • The third part of the triangle is counseling. Police officers can offer advice, mediation and direction to students, parents and faculty in various matters. As part of this counseling, they can also offer direction to other resources in the community.

SROs have become a valuable part of the school staff and an important link between students, the police and the community. They build a bond between young people and law enforcement that provides understanding from both sides. Students who feel safe become better learners and better citizens. School Resource Officers are trained members of The National Association of School Resource Officers (N.A.S.R.O.).

SRO Patrick Farrymeet schalmont sro det. patrick farry - rotterdam police department

Contact Information:

Telephone: 355-6110, Ext. 3024

Email: pfarry@schalmont.net

Det. Patrick Farry of the Rotterdam Police Department became the Schalmont Schools School Resource Officer (SRO) in September, 2014. Born and raised in Rotterdam, Det. Farry attended Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons High School in Schenectady, and graduated from Hudson Valley Community College in 1999 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He joined the Rotterdam Police Department as a patrol officer in 2003. In 2008, he became a detective/police investigator assigned to various felony and misdemeanor cases. He is a trained Crime Scene Technician, member of the Schenectady County Domestic Violence Task Force, and active in the department’s Community Services Unit.

Get to know a little more about Det. Patrick Farry

Why did you choose a career in police work?

I first became interested in law enforcement when I was in high school. I liked the idea of helping people out and the opportunity to have a career where each day was different, various challenges, and a chance to meet and interact with a variety of people.

What do you think is your most important role as SRO in the school district?

I believe that the most important role a resource officer plays is ensuring the safety and security of the students, faculty, and staff at the schools. I believe that being a liaison between the Schalmont community and the police department is also a very important role.

If you had to share one important message regarding safety and children with parents, what would that message be?

I believe that parents need to play an active role in their children's lives. Knowing where their children are, who they are hanging out with, and who they are connecting with online are all very important.

What would you like parents and staff to know about you?

I want parents and staff to feel comfortable coming to me with any questions, comments, or concerns. Communicating with everybody in the school community is key to a successful relationship.

What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of school?

Outside of work I enjoy traveling and experiencing new places. I also enjoy following college and professional sports.